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War Memorial

Arthur C Brown - Killed in action WW2



St John the Baptist Church, Mount Bures

Sculpture dedicated to Arthur, 1959


This statue of St John the Baptist was presented to Mount Bures Church by the parents of Arthur Brown, as a memorial to their sons death.

A small plaque, erected in 1959 has the inscription "St John the Baptist", see top left photo, bottom left corner of window
Unfortunately, it contains reference to indicate it`s in memory of Arthur.
An additional plaque was erected in October 2019

Documents obtained for the Essex Records Office during August 2019, recorded the following:
Sculptor: Mr B Dobson
Tudor Cottage
Wyatts Lane
Little Cornard

Cost £60
There is no trace of this person on the Internet or Ancestry

The Parochial Church Council approved the offer from Mr and Mrs Brown, during January 1959
The necessary documentation was submitted to the Diocese in Chelmsford, April 1959
So I think we can assume, the statue was erected late 1959.


According to the Church Minutes, this statue was placed in a "existing niche by the Alter window"

Looking closely at the wall to the left of the window, you can definitely see where it has been re-plastered, presumably to make good the previous recess,

Minutes of the Parochial Church Council 1959
Details the Sculptors name.


Additional research by Alan Beales
Mount Bures church statue and gravestone information, John Cowlin.